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The SUBB Group

Who We Are

Swing Unlimited Big Band (SUBB) was founded in 2001 with the primary aim of creating opportunities for local musicians to play the widest possible range of “Big Band” music. Following on from this was the desire to perform this music, bringing pleasure to local audiences.

SUBB is a non-profit making organisation which endeavours through music to:

  • Give local musicians of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play great music together
  • Provide an opportunity for players to learn and improve their musical skills
  • Create exciting live shows, performing music from a wide range of sources and genres
  • Support and fund-raise for local good causes and charities
  • Bring the joy of fantastic music to local audiences
  • Pay tribute to the great jazz and swing music of the past, as well as the modern era.

Since its formation, the SUBB group has expanded to include:

  • Swing Unlimited Big Band – the original band, the flagship of the eponymous SUBB Group, featuring many professional musicians and led by our very brilliant MDs, James Stead, Julian Whitehead and Patrick Peiro.
  • Swing Unlimited Community Band – providing opportunities for amateur musicians of all ages from the local community to learn, practice, develop and perform the same kind of music as SUBB
  • Swing Unlimited Dance Band – a 15-17 piece band dedicated to dance music of all types – the perfect dance/function band for your events.
  • Subb-Zero – A 9-piece band fusing straight-ahead Jazz with Reggae and Ska, styled after the brilliant “Jazz Jamaica” – a unique, great party-band!
  • Swing Unlimited “Tribute to Count Basie” – Specialising in the music of the great man himself.
  • Swing Unlimited Jazz Club – Our jazz club, formed in 2010 and run by Patrick and Catherine Peiro, is host to some of the finest local, national and international musicians every month at Bournemouth Electric Club. Doors open from 7.30pm, and great food is available to 9pm and bar to 11pm. The live music starts at 8pm with an opening set of Big Band music from resident “house band” SU2. This followed at 9pm by our featured special guest artists performing two sets to 10.30pm.

Full details of the venue and forthcoming acts as well as all aspects of the SUBB group can be found on the SUJC Facebook Page . You can also email sujc@subb.co.uk if you have any questions.

The Swing Unlimited Big Band Group can provide bands of all sizes and all types of music for any occasion or function. We regularly play at weddings, Balls, Proms, birthday and anniversary parties as well as major open-air events and a variety of theatre and concert venues.

Please use the contact us form if you want to

  • make any booking enquiry, 
  • would like to join the group as a musician, 
  • want to support us by SUBBscribing to our regular newsletters and updates, 
  • want to support us by becoming a SUBB Patron

Oh and we like to play gigs…

Band Members

James - Night at the movies

James Stead


An awesomely busy human who leads SUBB when he can, he sings, he plays keys as well as arranging many of our numbers especially for the band

Andy almost smiling

Andy Pitt


Chief in Charge of the Band - without Andy this disreputable bunch of humans would be incapable of playing beautiful music together. For this we thank you Andy...

Patrick Pointing

Patrick Peiro

Trumpet and Vocals

All round decent human and crowd pleaser; Patrick is one of our regular MD's, he gets crowds going and is generally a good person to have leading a gig.


Jools Whitehead

Trombone and occasional vocals

This Hobbit like character enjoys a sing (or perhaps more appropriately a shout in tune), can often be found at gigs being bullied by Patrick.


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